Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I'm waiting to get copy edits for A MATCH MADE IN MYSTERY: Matchmaker Mystery 2.

I'm waiting to get content edits for THE HITWOMAN AND THE POISONED APPLE: Neurotic Hitwoman Book 8.

I've spent the last couple of days plotting Hitwoman 9. Which leads me to the topic of this post: Brainstorming.

I seem to remember an English teacher once trying to get us to use something like this:

It looks very…ummm…neat.

My thinking is not that neat.

If I'm brainstorming using my whiteboard it tends to look something like this:

If I'm brainstorming using sticky notes, it can look something like this:

But yesterday I brainstormed using this:

Recently Cynthia Valero and I have been indulging in monthly brainstorming sessions.

There's something about actually talking things out that helps get the creative juices flowing.

I think it's interesting/important to note that Cyndi and I write very different thing and have very different writing processes. Sometimes I think it's our differences that make us great brainstorming partners. (Well, that and the fact she's an awesome friend.)

Tell me Killer Friends: How do YOU prefer to brainstorm?


B.E. Sanderson said...

I love that you have people you can brainstorm with. I used to be able to brainstorm with the Kid, but she's out living her life now.

For me, brainstorming was always a matter of throwing it all out there - no matter how weird or off key. Write it all down and then choose what to keep and what to toss afterwards. Unfortunately, not all of my brainstorming partners got this. They would shut down at the first weird suggestion and I would become the pariah. Now I do all my brainstorming in my head. Or in a notebook only I read. (Like I'm talking to myself.)

Hubs and I do brainstorm now and then - when we're trying to figure out the answer to a question. (What could be wrong with Max? Why is the crawl space wet right there? Where have all the deer gone?) If we wrote those conversations down, I suspect it would look a lot like your white board. LOL

Silver James said...

I'm lucky. I can bounce ideas off Lawyer Guy. A couple of times a year or when one of us is really stuck, my CP and I road trip. The ideas just flow as we head down the highway.

I have both a write-on AND a sticky note board, plus three "journals" full of notes, ideas, snippets, dialogue, characters, titles... Occasionally, I go through them all and try to get them organized in my Idea Project on Scrivener, or in one of the series wiki projects. Great way to procrastinate when writer's block hits! :D

B.E., you know where I am if you ever need a sounding board. I'm all about the weird. LOLOL :D

B.E. Sanderson said...

LOL, thanks, Silver. I'll remember that. =o)

Karyn Good said...

I brainstorm in my head. I brainstorm with my writing group. But most effective for me is putting pen to paper and writing ideas down until I get to where I want to go. And usually about eleven different scenarios later I have an answer.

Cynthia Valero said...

Thank you, my awesome friend! I love our brainstorming sessions. I've gotten more done in the past two days than I would have otherwise. xo

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

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